Younghusband: The Last Great Imperial Adventurer (2020)

Younghusband: The Last Great Imperial Adventurer Patrick French Younghusband The Last Great Imperial Adventurer Sir Francis Younghusband was the last of the great imperialists a dashing adventurer who in single handedly invaded Tibet wiped out its entire army and then became a mystic Admired by H G Well
  • Title: Younghusband: The Last Great Imperial Adventurer
  • Author: Patrick French
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  • Page: 249
  • Format: Hardcover
Younghusband: The Last Great Imperial Adventurer Patrick French Sir Francis Younghusband was the last of the great imperialists a dashing adventurer, who in 1903 single handedly invaded Tibet, wiped out its entire army, and then became a mystic Admired by H.G Wells and Bertrand Russell, he launched early assaults on Mt Everest, held the world record for the 300 yard dash, was the first European since Marco Polo to travel from PekingSir Francis Younghusband was the last of the great imperialists a dashing adventurer, who in 1903 single handedly invaded Tibet, wiped out its entire army, and then became a mystic Admired by H.G Wells and Bertrand Russell, he launched early assaults on Mt Everest, held the world record for the 300 yard dash, was the first European since Marco Polo to travel from Peking to Central Asia, discovered the source of the Indus, and, as a spy, his presumed death nearly sparked an Indo Russian war The quest to discover this man led Patrick French from the Himalayas to Kashmir and into Tibet in search of clues.
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  1. Patrick Dean

    Not many historical figures counted both Lord Curzon, Viceroy of India, and Bertrand Russell as good friends Francis Younghusband made a name for himself on Victoria s imperial frontier, then had a second act as writer and organizer on spiritual and religious issues He did an about face and fully supported India s independence after years of paternalistic writings and actions.This works best as social history, covering the late 19th to mid 20th centuries and roaming from Imperial India to the at [...]

  2. Stephen

    French mixes his own personal journey to Younghusband s stamping ground with history So far, a gripping yarn But I didn t finish it Despite Patrick French s wonderfully engaging writing, in the end I wondered why the hell I was reading something about a fervent, misguided, egotistical imperiaist I couldn t answer this question and stopped reading.

  3. Jenny

    Love the subject Author did a great job Wasn t the all time best book ever, but I couldnt have enjoyed it .

  4. Nick Bradshaw

    Perhaps a little unfair on the author with 3 stars, as the main reason my interest drifted was Younghusband himself I just found his travels and the account of the Tibet invasion interesting than his later life All in all a good read and i liked how French allowed the narrative to move between the biography and his own research.

  5. John Scaife

    Excellent biography of a fascinating character who veered from professional Englishman abroad who believed that the Empire should never stop expanding, to proto hippy and religious mystic and back again in a largely futile search for fulfilment.

  6. George Ilsley

    Born near the Himalayas, the child of empire, Younghusband led a fascinating life It is little known how British politics played a role in betraying the sovereignty of Tibet, but Younghusband s invasion of Tibet in 1903 should be known for its brutality In fact the slaughter of Tibetans using Maxim guns foreshadowed the industrial scale slaughter on the battlefields of World War I Younghusband s foray into Tibet seems to have touched him, however, perhaps awakening a spiritual side A story which [...]

  7. Philip

    Even ten years on, this book still lives up to its original rave reviews This will certainly be the definitive biography of one of the 19th century s greatest and least remembered today adventurers Previous books on Younghusband focused on his physical adventures rightfully so, as they remain the true accomplishments of his life, and are as amazing today as they were at the time crossing China from Manchuria to India including the then unexplored Gobi Desert virtually by himself, and at the ripe [...]

  8. Adam Morris

    Really like 3 1 2 stars A fine biography of this adventurer turned philosopher Initially I was hoping for adventure stories though about halfway through the book the exploration of the physical world ends and we learn about his feeling on the spiritual or at least the ephemeral I also found the author s personal accounts of his following on the footsteps of Younghusband distracting at first but then began to enjoy them as the author intended to make the subject accessible yet also remote.

  9. John

    Never going to finish this Younghusband was a fascinating man in interesting times Patrick French, however, is not And given that he devotes a goodly half of the book to his own adventurous followings of Younghusband, the balance for my interest is, in technical parlance, all out of whack.

  10. Bob Peru

    great book dude who wrote it kind of followed younghusband bloody rum name, that all over asia and europe he the author, patrick french is coming out with a new joint on v.s naipaul which i will read as i am now a fan of patrick french and a big fan of naipaul.

  11. Ryan Murdock

    I thoroughly enjoyed this well written biography of the Central Asian explorer and Great Game legend Sir Francis Younghusband Definitely worth a read.

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